Passions, Journeys and Imaginings
Christine Upton specialises in exploring the printing technique known as relief-printing, and in particular lino block. She designs, hand carves and hand or foot prints her work in her studios in Corowa.
Looking back over a lifetime as a practising artist it has become very clear that her works evolve around the exploration of techniques and the play with these to depict her passions, journeys and imaginings. Christine’s passions include native birds and flowers, patterns and colours. Her journeys include both the physical and the emotional. Her imaginings involve both technical and visual answers to the What if? questions she constantly asks herself.
“All of my work involves exploration and play as without these, for me, art would simply become a boring production line that creates visual images.”
Wacky Bird Gallery Corowa is owned and run by Christine. Her studios are part of the gallery.
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About Christine Upton
Christine Upton is a highly recognised master lino block printer. She has worked as a practising artist in rural NSW since 1978: exhibiting in over 20 solo exhibitions in NSW, ACT and Victoria.
Her works are found in private and public collections throughout Australia, parts of Great Britain, USA, Europe and South East Asia.
In Australia, Upton’s artwork is in the collections of: Albury Regional Cancer Centre, Albury Wodonga Patient and Carer Accommodation Centre, Brown Brothers Winery Milawa, ICM Livestock Wangaratta, Johansen Insurance Brokers Wangaratta, Mr Stoneman Castlemaine, Wangaratta Art Gallery, Wangaratta City Offices, University of North Queensland, University of Newcastle, and TAFE NSW Wagga Wagga. Her artwork has also been selected for group shows at Benalla Art Gallery, Gippsland Art Gallery, Wodonga Arts Space, Albury Regional Gallery, Mullumbimby Art Gallery, Wangaratta Art Gallery, Meat Market Craft Centre Melbourne, Sydney Opera House, Percy Tucker Gallery Townsville and Mackay Harrison Galleries Ballina.
Upton has won numerous awards including The Ruth & Max Barry Award, Albury 2006; The Pacific Festival Board Award for Batik, Townsville 1985, 1979; The Judges Award, Pacific Festival Townsville 1983; The Australian Batik Award, Pacific Festival Townsville 1982, 1979, 1978; Jill Crouchman Award for Contemporary Painting, Rusden Art Exhibition Armidale; and the Arts Students Award for Sculpture, Newcastle National Art School. Her formal training in art was at the Newcastle branch of the National Art School and Teachers College. She graduated in 1974 with a Graduate Diploma in Art Education (Honours) — one of only 4 students awarded the Honours Year in NSW for 1973. Upton has shared her knowledge and understanding in the creative arts through part-time teaching in high schools, TAFE and Charles Sturt University, and short-term consulting for State Education in NSW. Christine Upton is the owner of Wacky Bird Gallery Corowa NSW.